Rowallan Company - Propaganda Booklet (circa 1982)

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Back in the good old days there was no internet and no Arrse website for you to endlessly ask questions and advice about RCB/AOSB.
The endless hand wringing and questions, "can I go to sandhurst if I don't like spiders?", "Can I take a computer?" and "do I have to buy a suit?"

It was a simplier time. You got your instructions (printed on green paper), got yourself fit by running/tabbing in some old lightweights & BCH with some rocks in a sack on your back (as advised by Col (retd) Cadogan, thank you sir), got the kit list and then got yourself to the factory at the appointed time and date.

But then there was the greater mystery. The Rowallan Company pass from RCB. Your acceptance letter merely described it as a 10 week pre-sandhurst course.
They even included a little booklet to show you how pleasant it would all be. Just a bit of adventure training really.
This was to maximise the 'shock of capture' I am quite sure.

(And a hat tip to Gareth for letting me know what was coming and some useful tips or I doubt I would have survived the first day! e.g. Having 2 wash kits - vital).

Anyway, having a clear out and I found my little red book. So for nostalgia sake and to try and induce some flashbacks and horror stories I have scanned it and I will attempt to post it. Enjoy!
 

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I lived above Rowallan when it was in the basement of Old College and had the pleasure of watching the lucky select few engaged in their 'mean machines' every day ..... they appear to have missed that out of the brochure.
 
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It strikes me that they left an awful LOT out of the brochure.
 
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I lived above Rowallan when it was in the basement of Old College and had the pleasure of watching the lucky select few engaged in their 'mean machines' every day ..... they appear to have missed that out of the brochure.
Same here. We kept our heads away from the window as the apocryphal story was that someone mocked the RowCo convicts from the heady heights of Term 1 and found themself moving in with RowCo later that day.
 
#10
I thought RoCo was for the spazzes?
In the late 70s those who survived RowCo were generally really strong individuals - I can't speak for the ones who didn't get through.

Those I knew on SMC and RCC at Sandhurst had a Brit sort of 'you weren't there man, you just don't know' public face. I respected them for getting through it, and it seemed to serve them well.
 
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How lovely! The happy inmates pictured having finally snapped, and tied one of the DS to a stretcher....for his own safety of course.
 
#13
Gallowglass - I think you will find they are "enjoying the exhilaration of a stretcher race". I have been many things on stretcher races.... but never exhilarated.
 
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Bloke with glasses and a tache looks slightly old for that sort of thing! As does the one at the top. Looking more closely they appear to be twins?
 
#16
I thought RoCo was for the spazzes?
I recall G3 type officers in the Ops room making a loud remarks along those lines to me once, earning them a scowl from the DCOS.
More amusingly the Bde Comd behind them then remarked (in a raised voice) to no one in particular "well, I rather enjoyed it. Did me the world of good".

Cue, sniggering COS & DCOS, redface management for G3 and furious backpeddling.
 
#17
Some of the best officers I've worked wth came through the RoCo (or is it RowCo?). Most seemed quite proud of it. IIRC the OC of the Royal Signals Leadership Course was nearly always a graduate of the Rowallan Company, it was seen as a logical position... NCO DS had to have done the course too.

Why did they bin it? (A question tha could be asked of the RSLC too!)
 
#18
Out of interest, what is PRAMS, Pre RMAS?

I'm TA and will never darken the doors of the big boys but someone I know from OTC had to do it as he was deemed to be found, well, something.
 
#19
c_f, AFAIK it was binned for 2 reasons.

1) It cost a lot.
2) There were ample applicants who didn't need character adjustment prior to the CC.

The 3rd option was that after it went co-ed it got too easy.
 
#20
**** that - I'm glad I didn't get 'selected' for RoCo!

(Although inkeeping with earlier comments on this thread, those in my RMAS Pl who had completed the course did seem better for it)
 

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